Top news stories about the Russia-Ukraine war on Russia's Channel One on Friday, April 22, 2022.

By Madeline Roache

What follows is NewsGuard’s summary and translation of the top stories about the Russia-Ukraine war from a morning program on Russia’s state TV Channel One. NewsGuard presents these stories in the order that they appear on the program.

Kiev is preparing a new provocation to blame on Russia

Kyiv has prepared another provocation to blame our military. This time, it is looting. This was reported in the National Defense Control Center. The scenario has been developed: the staging was filmed, the footage of which will be promoted by the Western media. For authenticity, the nationalists used Russian uniforms and cars with the letter Z.

“According to reliable information that’s become available, the Kiev regime prepared in advance another sophisticated provocation in the settlement of Voskresenskoye of the Nikolayev Region in order to discredit the Russian armed forces before the world community. Under command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, specialists in information and psychological operations conducted a staged filming of ‘acts of looting’ allegedly committed by Russian servicemen against civilians: militants of the 191st battalion of the 123rd territorial defense brigade dressed in Russian uniforms brazenly robbed private houses using cars with the sign ‘Z’ and took photos and videos of their rampages on their mobile phones,” said Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation.

Mykhail Mizintsev also said that in Zaporizhia, Ukrainian security forces are recruiting gangs to intimidate residents, who they consider to be insufficiently patriotic. The militants know they can act with impunity. They are extremely cruel to everyone, including elderly people, women or children.

It also became known that the Romanian branch of the Red Cross has been forced to suspend the supply of humanitarian aid to Odessa, because officials plunder food and medicine. Our National Defense Control Center also said that in one day almost 15,000 people were evacuated to Russia from dangerous regions of Ukraine, the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic.

Humanitarian aid is transported under shelling from the Ukrainian army

This video from the Ministry of Defense shows the districts in the Kharkiv region that have been liberated from the radicals. Our convoy is moving through towns. Locals warmly welcome the Russian military by going out into the street to greet the fighters.

Army helicopters cover the equipment from the air. On the ground, road-commandant garrisons provide security. Our military is helping to establish a peaceful life in the liberated areas. They provide medical care to people. People are taken to medical institutions if it is required. And, of course, humanitarian aid is regularly brought to residents.

Another convoy, a humanitarian one, arrived in one of the villages of the Lugansk People’s Republic. They donated food, including to the local church. The priest says that such help is extremely important before Easter. People do not have the opportunity to put together a festive meal.

Earlier, meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry warned that Kiev is preparing provocations on Easter night, which will involve a large number of victims. In Zaporizhia, Mykolaiv, Odessa, Sumy, and Kharkiv regions, the radicals are going to open fire on churches in order to accuse our military later on in the same way.

The Ukrainian military fired 40 shells of the Grad multiple launch rocket system at Lugansk People’s Republic over the past day

Not only is there a lack of food, in some cities and villages, water is a real treasure. Water is rarely delivered under shelling. In some places, it is brought once every two weeks. Every drop counts. But it is also necessary to restore the houses, which are in ruins. In such conditions, people are not living, they are surviving. And they really believe that under the protection of the Lugansk military, peace will return to them again.

Over the past eight years, Nikolai Shevchuk’s home has been under shelling multiple times, but the consequences have never been as serious as now. Nikolai Shevchuk, a resident, said: “I was sitting, watching TV and at that moment there was an explosion beneath the window. I managed to get down onto the floor, everything flew around me.” The explosion was so powerful that the iron gate crumpled like a piece of paper and the stone walls crumbled.

Russian Ministry of Defense has announced the names of heroes who are liberating news areas of Ukraine from radicals 

A motorized rifle brigade under the command of Colonel Azatbek Omurbekov occupied an important line of defense and held it, steadfastly repelling enemy attacks. Thanks to this, control over one of the main directions was ensured.

Battery calculations of a missile division under Lieutenant Aleksey Zelensky destroyed the most important military facilities, which significantly reduced the combat potential and capabilities of the nationalists.

A motorized rifle company under the command of Captain Nikolai Zubets liberated a settlement, and a few days later, having discovered that they were outnumbered by militants, Zubets forced the militants to continue to retreat.

The Russian Ministry of Defense launched a portal about the liberation of Mariupol in 1943

The historical portal “Mariupol. Liberation” is dedicated to the heroes of the Great Patriotic War. It was launched by the Russian Ministry of Defense. The Donbas operation of 1943 is in these documents: texts of radiograms, excerpts from combat logs, reports on the operation to liberate the city.

Particular attention is paid to award lists and descriptions of the feats of Red Army soldiers. There is special section about falsehoods created by the Nazis. The Ministry of Defense notes that their current Ukrainian followers use all the same criminal methods.

In the Zaporozhye region, units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired on a hospital

A rocket strike, a wave of an explosion, fire, yet doctors at the operating table are not interrupted for a moment. This happened in the Zaporozhye region when units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine hit the hospital with precision, there were no combat units nearby. Alexei Ivanov found out at what cost Russian surgeons continue working in such conditions.

Marat Hatagov, the commander of the special medical unit, said, “The roof is stitched together, and the oxygen. We’re literally lucky they haven’t exploded. The tanks are dented.” When the attack happened almost all the medics were carrying out an urgent operation. 

As for the damage, you can see what kinds of conditions military doctors are forced to work in. These aren’t just smashed windows, they’re an opening. Shrapnel flew out. You can see how the metal was bent.

European officials offer citizens ways to save on electricity

The price of the sanctions war. Are the Europeans ready to ruin their lives for the sake of the so-called fight with Russia? Their authorities seem to have decided so. Italy, which is facing an electricity shortage, has announced Operation Thermostat. From May, schools and public buildings will be banned from installing air conditioners in temperatures below 25 degrees celsius in summer. And in winter, the rooms cannot be higher than 19 degrees celsius. Non-compliance will be fined up to 3,000 euros.

It’s even sadder in Germany. Tips on how to save on everything are now popular in the media. Close the refrigerator door faster, dry clothes on a line rather than in an electric dryer. This is not even the worst of it. People are being asked to wash less often, and even better without soap and not fully.